This weekend was a lot more boring than last weekend, but we still had some good games with fun finishes. We also had a decent upset with the Bills being eliminated.
We really didn’t see many blowup games from a fantasy stats standpoint, because defenses played very well. The highest scoring game was only a combined 47 points, so we had a lot of gritty, low scoring games.
Let’s recap each game and the fantasy-relevant players in each contest.
Kansas City vs Jacksonville (27-20)
Jacksonville almost came back again, but were unable to continue their magic and fell to the Chiefs on Saturday. This time Trevor Lawrence didn’t start the game on a bad note, but he finished with only 219 yards and one touchdown. He also threw one interception.
Travis Etienne had a solid day, rushing 10 times for 62 yards and a touchdown, while adding 19 yards on three receptions. The three big Receivers for Jacksonville all had decent days, with Zay Jones leading the way with five catches for 83 yards. Christian Kirk caught seven passes for 52 yards and a touchdown, and Tight End Evan Engram caught five passes for 31 yards.
Lawrence and company aim to build on their success next season, and they should have even more help with Calvin Ridley on the way.
As for Kansas City, Patrick Mahomes had an efficient day, completing 22/30 attempts for 195 yards and two touchdowns. He did exit for some time with an ankle injury, something that may hamper him through the rest of the playoffs.
Isiah Pacheco continued his dominant play, rushing 12 times for 95 yards, whereas Jerick McKinnon only rushed for 25 yards and was held without a catch. Travis Kelce led the receivers with 14 catches for 98 yards and two touchdowns. Kadarius Toney and Juju Smith-Schuster were relatively quiet in this one.
Kansas City now gets Cincinnati.
New York Giants vs Philadelphia (7-38)
Oof. This one was a beat down.
Daniel Jones had a pretty miserable day, only throwing for 135 yards and one interception. He also only rushed for 24 yards. Saquon Barkley rushed for 61 yards on nine carries, and caught two passes for 21 yards.
Richie James was the only Wide Receiver to do anything against the Philly defense, catching seven passes for 51 yards. Darius Slayton and Isaiah Hodgins were both held to only one catch.
On the other side of the ball, Jalen Hurts and the Eagles decided to just run all over the Giants’ defense. Surprisingly Kenneth Gainwell led the Eagles’ rushers, finishing with 112 yards and one touchdown on 12 carries. Miles Sanders rushed 17 times for 90 yards. Hurts only had 34 yards on the ground, but he did score and he also tossed two touchdown passes.
DeVonta Smith and Dallas Goedert led the receiving with 61 and 58 yards respectively, and both caught a touchdown pass. A.J. Brown was held in check with only 22 yards, but the Eagles really didn’t need him much in this one.
The Eagles face the 49ers this weekend.
Cincinnati vs Buffalo (27-10)
Cincinnati’s defense came to play this weekend, absolutely shutting down Josh Allen and the Bills. Allen finished with 265 yards and one interception, and only rushed for 26 yards. He did score the Bills only touchdown.
James Cook and Devin Singletary were nonexistent, although Singletary did catch five passes for 38 yards. Dawson Knox led the receiving corps with 65 yards on five catches, but star receiver Stefon Diggs and speedster Gabe Davis had disappointing days. Diggs was visibly upset with Allen on the sidelines, and now rumors are swirling that Diggs wants out of Buffalo.
Buffalo is at a real crossroads and need to make some moves if they want another run at the Super Bowl.
Joe Burrow , on the other hand, worked the Bills’ defense all day Sunday. He finished with 242 yards and two touchdowns and added 31 yards on the ground. Joe Mixon rushed 20 times for 105 yards and a touchdown.
For the receivers, Ja’Marr Chase was really the only one who did anything, catching five passes for 61 yards and one touchdown. Tight End Hayden Hurst also had a surprisingly good day, catching five passes for 59 yards and one touchdown. Tee Higgins was held to three catches for 28 yards.
San Franciscos vs Dallas (19-12)
This one was a defensive battle, culminating in a wacky final play where Ezekiel Elliott got obliterated after snapping the ball (which was funny to watch for me). That was basically the only highlight for the Cowboys’ run game, since Zeke led the team with 26 yards. Tony Pollard left with what ended up being a broken fibula, which is awful timing since his contract is up.
CeeDee Lamb led the receivers with 117 yards on 10 catches, and the only other fantasy-relevant player was Dalton Schultz , who caught five passes for 27 yards and one touchdown. Dak Prescott struggled in this one and ended with 206 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. This will be an interesting offense to watch come 2023, since Pollard may be gone and it’s obvious they need a second receiver.
The 49ers also struggled to move the ball in this one, with the run game pretty much bottled up. Christian McCaffery was held to 35 yards on ten carries, although he did score and he also caught six passes for an additional 22 yards. Elijah Mitchell saw plenty of action as well, rushing 14 times for 51 yards.
Deebo Samuel carried the ball four times for only 11 yards and caught four passes for 45 yards. The 49ers were led in receiving by Tight End George Kittle , who caught five passes for 95 yards.
Brock Purdy’s stats weren’t pretty (214 yards and 0 touchdowns), but he didn’t turn the ball over and led the 49ers to yet another win.
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